Sussex PCC welcomes continued focus on support for rape victims

04/06/2018

Police continue to focus efforts on investigating and preventing the sexual and physical abuse of vulnerable people in Sussex, as news comes of the increased reporting of rapes country-wide.

This week (Thursday 24 May) a report by the National Rape Monitoring Group was published showing that the recording of rape in Sussex has more than doubled in the last five years. Read the report here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/news/news-feed/rape-monitoring-group-interactive-data-dashboard/.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne comments,

"I welcome the publication of this annual data as evidence of the continued focus by all agencies on the issue of rape and other serious sexual offences.

One of my priorities, since taking office in 2012, has been to encourage victims to report all forms of abuse, including serious sexual offences. This report has validated the decision I made to put forward additional funding for safeguarding units and training for more specialist Sexual Offence Liaison Officers so that Sussex Police now has the structures in place to cope with the increase in reporting.

From this funding I have also improved the support available to survivors of rape regardless of whether they report to the police or another agency.

It is vital that we continue to give each individual victim and their families the confidence to report serious sexual offences. I want to ensure that every victim receives the care and support they need and reassurance that the offender will be brought to justice."

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